WCOOP 2017: Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis notches Triple COOP with win in Event #12-H ($1,050 6-Max Shootout)

With a potential Triple COOP at stake, a shootout at high noon between Chile and Brazil became today's marquee matchup. Chile's Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis battled Brazil's Thiago 'tgrigoletti' Grigoletti heads-up for the WCOOP Event #12-H Shootout title. Yunis already won a TCOOP in 2015 and SCOOP events in 2016 and 2017, for four total COOPs. The Chilean pro needed a WCOOP victory to secure the elusive triumvirate otherwise known as a Triple COOP. When the smoke cleared, Yunis won his first WCOOP and notched the Triple COOP. Yunis picked off Grigoletti to become the last player standing in the Shootout

Two gunslingers settling their differences in the middle of a frontier town main thoroughfare is a common trope in Hollywood westerns. The showdown often pitted a good guy versus a bad guy. Although circumstances were always different, the grizzled combatants represented polarizing sides of the moral spectrum with a black and white hat to distinguish each. In this instance, the final two players in WCOOP Event #12-H were popular pros in their respective South American countries. If anything, both cowboy hats were replaced with colorful flags from each nation: the red, white, and blue of Chile versus the green and yellow of Brazil. Two good guys went at it, and unfortunately one of them could only win.

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Triple COOP champion = Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis

In modern times, the "shootout" nickname invokes the wild west, but and the overall goal is similar... stay alive and win as many duels as possible. In WCOOP Event #12-H, the inevitable winner had to survive three shootout tables, including no less than three do-or-die heads-up duels, in order to step into the winner's circle.

Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis won two tables yesterday and another today to claim his first WCOOP. The victory also thrust him into an elite club of Triple COOP winners. The win in Event #12-H marked at least five total COOP wins for Yunis.

The 2017 WCOOP Event #12-H $1,050 NL 6-Max featured a short-handed version of a traditional shootout. 2017 WCOOP Event #12-H attracted 216 runners on 36 original tables. They created a prize pool worth $216,000. Only the top 36 places paid out in this two-day event. Initially, $47,520.00 got set aside to the champion.

Later on Day 1, Amadeus7777 exited stage left when he busted in seventh place. The Austrian earned $2,386.80 and the final table was set. Action got suspended and the final six returned the next day to play out for the Shootout title.

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2017 WCOOP-12-H - Final Table Chip Counts:
Seat 1: DaanOss (50,000)
Seat 2: tgrigoletti (50,000)
Seat 3: wizowizo (50,000)
Seat 4: deadfizh (50,000)
Seat 5: juarnes (50,000)
Seat 6: chilenocl (50,000)

Everyone at the Shootout final table started with 50,000 in chips. Sixth place was guaranteed a min-cash worth $8,640.00.

The stacked final table included several COOP winners, plus a German pro won banked nearly $14M and shipped the Super Tuesday twice. Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion needs no introduction. The EPT10 Player of the Year and German pro (via Austria) has won over $13M in the live arena. But he was up against some difficult competition, especially from South America.

Four-time COOP winner, Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis, won a TCOOP in 2015 and SCOOP titles in the previous two years. The Chilean pro needed a win in any WCOOP event to lock up the Triple COOP.

Brazil's Thiago 'tgrigoletti' Grigoletti won a SCOOP in 2016. Would the rabid fanbase on the rail cheer on their hero for his first WCOOP?

In addition, Arne 'juarnes' Coulie from Belgium shipped a SCOOP earlier this spring. Lastly, Finland's deadfizh final tabled the WCOOP Main Event last September for a ninth-place finish.


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BODHISATTVA: DaanOss eliminated in 6th place

After six levels of inaction, the first elimination occurred during Level 7. deadfizh kicked off the fracas with a small raise, but short-stacked DaanOss shoved from the big blind for 13,568 and deadfizh accepted the challenge. DaanOss made a final stand with A♠J♠ against deadfizh's A♥K♠. The board ran out Q♣8♣3♥8♠7♦. Neither player improved, but deadfizh won with Ace-high and a stronger King-kicker. DaanOss became the first player to exit the final table. Sixth place paid out $8,640.00.

With five left in the hunt, chilenocl led with 83.5K.

SHOW BIZ KIDS: Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion eliminated in 5th place

Schemion hit the bricks. wizowizo four-bet shoved for 26,609 with A♥J♦, and chilenocl insta-called with 9♠9♣. The board ran out 7♠4♣3♠K♠8♥. wizowizo whiffed and never improved. Pocket nines held up for chilenocl. Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion was dunzo in fifth place, which paid out $12,960.00.

With four to go, chilenocl amassed a massive lead with 205K. juarnes and deadfizh battled for the basement.

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Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion = 5th place

MY OLD SCHOOL: juarnes eliminated in 4th place

Battle of the blinds. Short-stacked juarnes limp-shoved from the small blind with 7♣7♥. Alas, chilenocl woke up with J♥J♣. The board finished up A♥5♦3♥Q♥5♣. Pocket Jacks held up for chilenocl, who claimed another victim. Belgium's juarnes earned $17,280.00 for a fourth-place payday.

DEAL? NO

With three to go action was paused to discuss a deal. chilenocl had a tremendous advantage with 223K, followed by tgrigoletti's 51K and deadfizh 25.6K. Any deal had to leave $4,320 on the table for the winner. The numbers were floated: chilenocl ($40,346.66), tgrigoletti ($32,236.03), and deadfizh ($28,613.31). deadfizh quickly shot down the deal. No deal! Play resumed.

PEARL OF THE QUARTER: deadfizh eliminated in 3rd place

With three to go, deadfizh was second overall but squared off against the big stack in a fatal fight to the death. deadfizh four-bet shoved for 41,223 with A♦4♦, and chilenocl called with A♥A♣. Yikes! Talk about a bad time to get ambushed by Aces. deadfizh picked up a flush draw on the board of K♥J♥5♦8♦, but the T♣ spiked on the river. deadfizh whiffed on a flush. chilenocl dodged a bullet and pocket Aces held up. deadfizh was knocked out in third place, which paid out $24,840.00.

HEADS-UP: Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis (Chile) vs. Thiago 'tgrigoletti' Grigoletti (Brazil)
Seat 2: tgrigoletti (25,457 in chips)
Seat 6: chilenocl (274,543 in chips)

The battle of Chile vs. Brazil. tgrigoletti trailed big time, while chilenocl sat atop of a mountain of chips. chilenocl's big stack came under assault right away as tgrigoletti chipped away. Less than 10 minutes into heads-up, tgrigoletti won a 70K pot after rivering a flush. That pulled the Brazilian to just 2-1 overall, much to the glee of his festive rail. chilenocl launched a counterattack and regained the lead 260K to 40K. Less than thirty hands later, it would be all over after chilenocl went into terminator mode.

KING OF THE WORLD: tgrigoletti eliminated in 2nd place; chilenocl wins Event #12-H for Triple COOP!

Going into the final hand, chilenocl led 272K to 27.3K. tgrigoletti limped for 600 from the small blind, chilenocl bumped it up to 4,000, tgrigoletti shoved for 27,150, and chilenocl called all-in for 23,150.

chilenocl: Q♠Q♥
tgrigoletti: K♦3♠

tgrigoletti trailed chilenocl's Queens. tgrigoletti flpped a Broadway gutshot with A♥J♣T♥, but chilenocl held two blockers. The turn was the J♠ and the river was the 5♣. chilenocl faded a straight and won the pot with Queens and Jacks.

Brazil's tgrigoletti missed a shot at winning another COOP. tgrigoletti earned $33,156.00 for a runner-up finish.

First place in Event #12-H paid out $47,520.00 to chilenocl. Congrats to Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis for winning his first WCOOP, which completed a Triple COOP. Yunis won four overall COOP titles with at least one win in WCOOP, SCOOP, and TCOOP.

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WCOOP-12-H: $1,050 NLHE [6-Max, Shootout]
Entries: 216
Prize pool: $216,000
Places paid: 36

1. Nicolas 'chilenocl' Yunis (Chile) $47,520.00
2. Thiago 'tgrigoletti' Grigoletti (Brazil) $33,156.00
3. deadfizh (Finland) $24,840.00
4. juarnes (Belgium) $17,280.00
5. Ole 'wizowizo' Schemion $12,960.00
6. DaanOss (Netherlands) $8,640.00

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